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Model standing orders

Implementing standing orders in your practice can empower other health care personnel to administer vaccines and increase vaccination rates.

Standing orders are written protocols, approved by a physician or other authorized practitioner, that authorize nurses, pharmacists or other health care personnel (where allowed by state law) to:

  • Assess a patient’s need for vaccination
  • Administer the vaccine without a clinician’s direct involvement with the individual patient at the time of the interaction

Here is a list of Model Standing Orders, written either by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health or the Immunization Action Coalition. Refer to Using Standing Orders for Administering Vaccines: What You Should Know for general guidance on standing orders.